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Therapy Groups in Thurston County

Paula Greenthal MA LMHC CDP, Counselor  in Tumwater
Nursing Peer group
Host: Paula Greenthal MA LMHC CDP
"This is a peer support group for healthcare professionals who have had their credentials to practice suspended as a result of their substance abuse. They are referred to this group by the Washington State Health Professionals Department "
(360) 489-6812
Group meets in:
Tumwater, Washington 98501
Stacy Schilter, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
Dialectical Behavior Therapy focused on Disordered
Host: Stacy Schilter, MA, LMFT, CEDS
"The Dialectical Behavior Therapy group is a closed skills training group focused on Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn skills for coping effectively and are encouraged to identify target behaviors they would like to eliminate from ..."
(360) 284-4316
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98501
Nancy K Murphy, Counselor  in Olympia
Safe Relationships Group
Host: Nancy K Murphy, LMHC
"This group is for individuals with developmental disabilities, to role play, problem solve and find ways to have healthy friendships and romantic relationships. "
(360) 302-5662
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98501
Robert Keller, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
Heart Centered Healing Group
Host: Robert Keller, MA, LMFT, LMHC, ACHt
"This is an EXPERIENTIAL WEEKLY GROUP designed to give you a group of like minded people to do deep work with and every person contributes to the healing of the others in the group. These groups are limited to ten ..."
(360) 545-3989
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98503
April Christine Slocum, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
Anger Management & Social Group for Ages 5 - 7
Host: April Christine Slocum, MA, LMFTA
"(Not yet in session - Please call if interested) Focusing on teaching children better techniques to control anger, communication, thought changing patterns, and appropriate social interaction with peers and family. (Sessions run once a week for 8 weeks - total ..."
(360) 526-8409
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Sheelah Clarke, Counselor  in Olympia
Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Host: Sheelah Clarke, LMHC, MA
"The main aim of this group is to enable survivors to disclose the 'relevant account' of their abuse in a supportive group atmosphere, and begin to attribute meanings to this so they can move on. This 5 month group meets ..."
(360) 322-4382
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Robert S Shope, Counselor  in Tumwater
Problem Gambling Support Group
Host: Robert S Shope, MA, LMHC
"Ongoing support groups for Problem Gamblers and their affected family members and friends are offered by myself or my colleagues. This is usually offered in conjunction with ongoing or previous individual counseling for participants. Please contact our office for details. "
(360) 529-4738
Group meets in:
Tumwater, Washington 98512
Karen Kirsch, Counselor  in Tumwater
Support for Chronic Pain
Host: Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA
"Living with chronic pain can be excruciating and debilitating. Loss of pleasure in life, income, or ability to carry on with daily tasks results in isolation, frustration and depression. This group is a welcoming space where you can be seen, ..."
(360) 529-3197
Group meets in:
Tumwater, Washington 98512
Tracy Kenela, Counselor  in Olympia
DBT Skills Training Group for Eating Disorders
Host: Tracy Kenela, MA, LMHC, CRC, CEDS
"Providing over 10 years of combined experience of DBT, the treatment of Eating Disorders, Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy, Tracy Kenela, M.A., LMHC, CRC and Stacy Schilter, M.A., LMFT are now offering a weekly Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills ..."
(360) 320-6986
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98501
Jose Fidias Vasquez, Counselor  in Olympia
Cancer Support Group for victims and their family
Host: Jose Fidias Vasquez, PhD, PsyD, LMHC
"Our cancer support group will help individuals suffering from cancer and their family members to find effective coping mechanisms and live a more productive life. Group members will learn to stabilize their Central Nervous System and control their stress by ..."
(360) 529-4110
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Matthew J Gilbert, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
New Start - Affair Recovery for Women
Host: Matthew J Gilbert, MA, LMFT
"***Currently on-break. Please check back.*** Infidelity is painful and devastating event leaving many feeling alone, isolated, and with deep emotional pain. Our group formed to improve upon one's ability to overcome strong feelings and thoughts. Meetings are facilitated by a ..."
(360) 358-5641
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98501
Pathways Mental Health Services, LLC, Treatment Facility  in Lacey
Co-occurring Disorders Group
Host: Pathways Mental Health Services, LLC
"This is an 10-12 weeks dual diagnosis group open to all PMHS clients only. "
(360) 255-0380
Group meets in:
Lacey, Washington 98503
Lillie A Mccatty, Counselor  in Olympia
TEEN GROUP
Host: Lillie A Mccatty, LMHC, CMHS
"This is an interactive and dynamic group where the participants (ages 13-17) run the show. Show up the first session to create the group atmosphere and decide on the topics and modality. Discuss things that are relevant to you and ..."
(360) 419-6882
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
April Christine Slocum, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
Middle School Social Support Group - Ages 11 - 14
Host: April Christine Slocum, MA, LMFTA
"(Group is available - You are welcome to join in at anytime) A comfortable, accepting, friendly, social support group focusing on pre-teen/teen issues, social skills/friendships, adjustment to middle school, anxiety, shyness, self-esteem and depression. Group meets once a week for ..."
(360) 526-8409
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Bill Stoner, Counselor  in Olympia
Men's Group
Host: Bill Stoner, MA, LMHC
"An group for men to explore issues affecting your health, your life, and everything else, including: -Communicatio n with your partner, family, friends, boss & children. -Grief & loss (loss of job, relationship, health. - Life & career transitions (new opportunities). ..."
(360) 320-6998
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98501
April Christine Slocum, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Olympia
College Student - Social Group for Ages 18 - 26
Host: April Christine Slocum, MA, LMFTA
"(Not in session yet - Please contact if interested) A small, young adult group focusing on techniques to help with issues of social anxiety, shyness, self-esteem, depression, social support/making friendships, and adjustment to campus life. (Sessions run once a week ..."
(360) 526-8409
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Norman Dobson, Marriage & Family Therapist  in Lacey
Breakthrough Parenting (ND)
Host: Norman Dobson, MA, LMFT, LMHC
"The group is designed to take place weekly on Saturdays from 11:00 to 1 pm. There are 10 lesson on a rotating basis with 15 chapters of study which are as follows: 1) Three approaches to raising children; 2) Making ..."
(360) 841-5841
Group meets in:
Lacey, Washington 98503
Karen Kirsch, Counselor  in Tumwater
six weeks to a healthier back
Host: Karen Kirsch, MA, RSMT, CMA
"This six week class is for those who are living with back issues. A unique approach which combines work in structure and function with imagery and inner sensation to access the multiple aspects of self that combine to support health ..."
(360) 529-3197
Group meets in:
Tumwater, Washington 98512
Loretta Crawford Kissel,   in Olympia
The Art & Business of Building a Private Practice
Host: Loretta Crawford Kissel, MA, CMHS, LMHC
"10 week professional development course designed for those who are just beginning or who want to revision their private practice. Participants will clarify the meaning and purpose of their work, formalize a specific business plan and gain skills to make ..."
(360) 529-4105
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502
Loretta Crawford Kissel,   in Olympia
Post-Traumatic Growth Support Group
Host: Loretta Crawford Kissel, MA, CMHS, LMHC
"For people who suffer from Traumatic Stress Disorders. Group meets weekly for 12 weeks. Traumatic Stress Disorders, such as PTSD, are anxiety disorders some people develop after living through a dangerous experience. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts and memories, irritability, nightmares, ..."
(360) 529-4105
Group meets in:
Olympia, Washington 98502

Thurston County Support Groups and Group Therapy
Group therapy takes many forms. The groups are variously referred to (often interchangeably) as Thurston County counseling groups, Thurston County support groups, Thurston County mutual support groups or peer support groups, self help groups, stress coping groups, workshops and mental health groups. They are moderated by a professional group counselor, group therapist or group psychologist and generally focus on a specific issue or client profile (e.g. men or women etc).

Before joining a Thurston County support group, first see if the issue focus is consistent with your needs. If there are no groups offering support around your issue, feel free to contact these professionals in Thurston County to ask for a referral to alternative groups nearby.
What to expect in a Thurston County group?
In a professionally operated support group in Thurston County, members provide each other with various types of help for a particular shared issue. The help takes the form of relating personal experiences and listening to and accepting others' experiences. Thurston County group members may also provide a sympathetic understanding and a social network.

Group Therapists or group counselors lead or facilitate the group and provide group counseling in Thurston County. They are sometimes specifically trained in group dynamics and the understanding of small group processes. So 'interpersonal learning', which can involve unfiltered feedback and confrontation between group members (and can be threatening) is safely moderated by the group therapist or group counselor in Thurston County.

What's the difference between individual and group therapy?